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The Avengers is a show about a man in a bowler hat and a woman who throws men over her shoulders (Patrick Macnee).
The Avengers began in 1960 when an almost vagabond, and then semi-employed, actor named Patrick Macnee was approached to take the role of John Steed, a mysterious figure who would be a secondary lead to the character of Dr. David Keel, played by Ian Hendry, on a new television adventure/thriller called "The Avengers". One year and 26 episodes later, Ian Hendry left the show to pursue other opportunities in television and movies. The ruffian character of Steed had, by that time, become more popular than that of the doctor, and Macnee was retained as the lead. A hunt began for a replacement partner, Honor Blackman was hired as Cathy Gale (from 1962 to 1964) but the most famous partner was Diana Rigg as Emma Peel (from 1965 to 1967). The last period of the series the partner of Patrick Macnee was Linda Thorson as Tara King (from 1967 to 1969). Finally, after 161 50 minutes episodes, the show took off.
There are still some secrets left. The public was never told for whom Steed works and who cuts John Steed's pay check. The other one is whether or not there is a romantic relationship between John Steed and his beautiful partners.
Today the series is cult. Especially the actors Patrick Macnee and Diana
Rigg have a huge following and the music of Laurie
Johnson has become an unmistakable theme tune.
(born on the 6th February 1922 in London)
Patrick Macnee was born into an aristocratic English family. At age
three, he was bundled off to Summer Fields Prep School near Oxford.
Patrick Macnee was in Hollywood from 1957 to 1959 for "Les Girls" and "Mission of Danger" for MGM; his TV credits during this time included various Playhouse 90's and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
In 1960 Patrick Macnee landed the leading role in an imaginative new
British TV series "The Avengers", playing John Steed, the suave, dashing
Englishman with his bowler hat, rolled umbrella and fancy clothes.
This days he lives in Southern California with his third wife and his two beloved dogs.
In his spare time he enjoys bird watching, "Chatting with pretty ladies",
and preventing terrorism. He even received an award from the Bureau of
Federal Aviation for preventing terrorism on aircraft.
(born on the 20th July 1938 in Doncaster)
From the earliest childhood Diana Rigg lived in India until she was
eight years old and was sent back to England to boarding school.
In 1955 she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For the next four years she worked in repertory theater.
In 1959 she signed a five-year contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and began to gain recognition.
In the late 1964 she auditioned for the role of Emma Peel in "The Avengers".
After leaving "The Avengers" she had to fight against being typecast in Emma Peel-type roles (although she made the Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"). In the 70ies she acted in "The Hospital" (71), "Theater of Blood" (73) and had her own series in the USA - "Diana".
Diana Rigg was married with Menahem Gueffen (1973 to 1976) and Archibald Stirling (1982 to 1990) with whom she has a daughter.